Nairobi City goes bling: The youthful leadership that has taken over the city

The youthful leadership that has taken over the city
  • The capital has been taken over by youthful pack leaders, with MPs, MCAs, Senator and a Governor all known for a flashy lifestyle and an energetic night life
  • The leaders are also known to be living extravagant lifestyles full of glamour
  • The flamboyant Mike Sonko is now the governor of Nairobi while Babu Owino and Jaguar are MPs in the City


Mike Mbuvi Sonko

Governor- Mike Mbuvi Sonko

Sample this: You walk into him and he has about five gold chains, one large gold watch, gold rings on each of his ten fingers and on each palm, a smartphone and its power bank. His hair, trimmed to a Mohawk, is coloured red with some words. One of the chains has a golden engraved- saying ‘Sonko’. If you did not know him, you would take him for a pimp or a flamboyant rapper.

But no. He is the Governor of Nairobi City, Kenya’s capital city and East Africa’s commercial hub.

He has been known to fight walls, rock fake dreadlocks, attend gigs and enjoy his drink. He shed that persona for the campaigns, where he looked sober and polished, in well-fitting suits and a mild manner.

Mike Mbuvi Sonko came to the limelight through a by election, winning the Makadara seat before winning the senate seat in the 2013 General Election. He has just been overwhelmingly voted as the next governor of the city, and he seems destined for greatness, with his natural connection to the common mwanachi and his fight for justice.

Sonko has captured the imagination of the entire country with his flamboyant ways- a picture circulation in social media showed him waiting for results in a large room with a five-litre bottle of Johnny Walker Black Label.

He also held an extravagant party for his daughter, Saumu, when she graduated. The party featured performances from Tanzanian gospel artiste Christina Shusho, local gospel artiste Size 8, Jemimah Thiong’o, Esther Wahome, Mercy Masika, Ringtone and Deejay Mo. The party also saw performances from newly elected Starehe MP Jaguar, Bongo star Ali Kiba, Afro pop group Sauti Sol, and Mike Rua most of whom musicians whose music he is known to like.


Starehe MP- Jaguar

Move over Sonko, and close friend Jaguar takes over.

The teetotaler veteran of the showbiz scene is arguably one of the richest entertainers now turned musician, with vast interests in real estate. Coming from humble beginnings, Jaguar has soberly entertained Kenyans with songs like Nikuskize, Kigeugeu, Kioo and has done continental collabos with Mafikizolo, Iyanya and Ghanaian artiste EL.

Jaguar opened his doors to Pulse wanting to feature one of his houses in Athi River, and the affluence in and out of the house, where top of the range cars sat, were a far cry from how the soft spoken artiste carries himself. One of his vehicles was to feature in a road accident, which saw the artiste arraigned in court for vehicular manslaughter after two people were killed.

Babu Owino

Embakasi East- Babu Owino

He leaked a party invite that had among others, firebrand South African youth leader Julius Malema. In another birthday party, he is said to have spent Sh14 million in a bash that had MPs, senators and other VIPs in attendance in Karen. He is a certified baller

— known to spend lavishly in clubs and on women, and has on several occasions posed for cameras with loads of cash, some in foreign currency.

The newly elected Embakasi East MP has been one of the longest running student leaders in the country, staying at the helm of University of Nairobi for two terms.